The Newark Norsemen boys basketball team is headed to the “Sweet Sixteen” in Class 1A Boys Basketball after they swept through the Hinckley-Big Rock Class 1A Regional last week and they won their semi-final game of the Serena Sectional. Newark defeated Earlville in the HBR semi-final match 66-36 and defeated the host for the championship 67-29. In their semi-final game at Serena the Norsemen had a big win over Kewanee Wethersfield 58-40.
Brett Myre led the way over Earlville with a game high 21 points and he also had 6 assists. Two other Norsemen had double figures in the Earlville game as Corey Jacobson had 13 points and Beau Brown added 11. Alex Tollefson had 8 rebounds and Jacob Slivka had 7 boards. Newark shot over 50% from the field to defeat one of their Little 10 Conference foes. Landon Larkin had 12 points for Earlville.
In the championship game things were close early as Newark led 12-9 after the first quarter. The Norsemen extended the lead to 29-16 at the half and rally broke things open in the third quarter as they outscored HBR 25-7 going to the fourth quarter. In the end Newark got the impressive win to take the regional title. Myre again led the way in scoring with 19 points and Connor Swanson added 16 points. Two Norsemen added 8 points to the cause with Alex Tollefson and Jacob Slivka both playing solid games.
Newark had a tough opponent in the sectional in Wethersfield as they were ranked 2nd in the state in the final AP Poll in Class 1A. Like their wins in the regional the Norsemen started out a bit slow and actually trailed 11-10 after the first quarter. After that the Norsemen were spectacular as they outscored the Flying Geese from Kewanee 18-8 in the second, 14-8 in the third and 16-13 in the fourth to win going away. Myre again led the scoring parade with 15 points and Swanson added 14. Both Jacobson and Brown had a double-double with each scoring 10 points and Brown pulling down 14 boards and Jacobson 12.
Newark will play either Ottawa Marquette or Yorkville Christian in the championship game on Friday night at Serena at 7.